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Re: Pafuri Walk.

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:18 pm

Ah, so we missed each other by a few hours! Yes, indeed, we should try to coordinate, that would be cool.

Yes, the rain did wonders, but it has been dry since, and they really need more. By the time I left the pans had started to attract water birds in numbers, and lesser spotted eagles were plentiful.

Matumi? Yes, there is one growing on the northern bank of the Luvuvhu between the River Boma and tent #7, but closer to the latter. It is not very big. There is also one sprouting on the same bank, right in front of the main deck, almost directlly opposite the bar. This one is still small. I only noticed it the other week, but dare say that I should have spotted it before.

As for the Wonderboom Fig, I've checked up and received the following information:

"Ficus – abutilifolia and ingens as you say are there. Ficus tettensis is also pretty common and there are many around on Hutwini. As far as salicifolia goes, I once identified what I thought was a salicifolia and actually placed it on a tree list. When I returned to the same area (the gorge system on the southern side of Hutwini Mountain about 2 kilometres west of Hutwini Gorge and 2 km east of Mashisiiti) I could not find it again. I think it was a case of a mis-identification to start with and as my knowledge improved, I realised. So in short, I have not yet positively identified salicifolia at Pafuri."

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Flavia » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:50 pm

So, can everyone confirm that to go to Lanner Gorge, the only way is to sleep at Pafuri Camp and choose this activity among the ones they offer?
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:21 pm

Pafuri Camp or The Outpost (which is closer).

Lanner Gorge is not an "activity" as such, it is a tea/coffee or sundowner stop on a morning or afternoon game drive respectively. I would go for sunset any day.

Personally, I prefer Mutale Gorge (also closer to The Outpost), but then again, I can afford to be blasé about Lanner, having lost count of the number of times I've been there.

If you are at either camp for only a night or two, you will need to express your interest in visiting Lanner Gorge, which visit will then be arranged. If you stay longer, it is sure to be included on one of the game drives sooner or later.

Lanner Gorge can of course be reached on foot from the KNP side (I'm not sure whether that's feasible from the Nyalaland trails camp, though), but the hills on the southern side are much lower, so the view not as spectacular.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:31 am

johanrebel wrote:Lanner Gorge can of course be reached on foot from the KNP side (I'm not sure whether that's feasible from the Nyalaland trails camp, though), but the hills on the southern side are much lower, so the view not as spectacular.Johan


The walk is not feasible from Nyalaland - it involves an approx 12 hour round trip (according to an ex trails ranger I contacted the walk exhausted the group) .
There are beautiful views of the Luvuvhu gorge from Makahana which I think is close to the Outpost .
I believe Lanner Gorge is far more breathtaking ?

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:32 pm

ndloti wrote:
johanrebel wrote:I believe Lanner Gorge is far more breathtaking?
Spectacular, amongst others because you can see so far. If you look carefully you can make out Pafuri (the border), even with the naked eye, but otherwise it is just wilderness in all directions, even though you can see beyond Kruger's western boundary. Wildlife is very sparse, however. On the other hand, I've seen four Black Eagles at the same time, one pair in the east and one in the west.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Johann » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:19 pm

ndloti wrote:
johanrebel wrote:Lanner Gorge can of course be reached on foot from the KNP side (I'm not sure whether that's feasible from the Nyalaland trails camp, though), but the hills on the southern side are much lower, so the view not as spectacular.Johan


The walk is not feasible from Nyalaland - it involves an approx 12 hour round trip (according to an ex trails ranger I contacted the walk exhausted the group)...

We did the Nyalaland trail in January 2007.
We were only 2 people on the trail and told the guides that we very much would like to see Lanner Gorge. They drove us up to the Nyala loop and past the Thulamela site on a no-entry road where we eventually got off and started walking.
We walked into a pride of lions that morning, lying in ambush on the river bank.
Quite an exciting experience.
Sat on the rocks looking out over the gorge having our morning snacks.
What an awesome morning!
Would love to go back.
The guides did mention that they only rarely go that way anymore.
It's a very long walk and/or drive from the camp and they tend to give it a miss with the larger groups.
I also got the feeling from the conversation that the people from the north of the river 'has got the rights' to it.

Anyways. If you ever get the chance to go then GO! It's stunning place.
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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:04 pm

Johann wrote:. I also got the feeling from the conversation that the people from the north of the river 'has got the rights' to it.
To the northern bank they obviously do, but on the other side SANParks can do whatever they want, including trails.

And yes, never pass up an opporunity to visit Lanner, on whatever side.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:44 am

Johann wrote:
ndloti wrote:
johanrebel wrote:Anyways. If you ever get the chance to go then GO! It's stunning place.


I do agree ,it's really a stunning place and each time I went there from Pafuri camp (by car), I felt I was somewhere else.
This place like a few others around Pafuri makes this Northern section ok Kruger park a very very different and special place.
I was lucky to stay at different occasions at Pafuri camp since the opening and I can only recommend this lodge (not really cheap but nothing compare to some other luxury lodges further down in the south.Overall quality of this lodge,professionnalism of guides and birding,birding,birding is worthwhile !)
I will post some shots i took when in Lanner
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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:39 pm

Here's one from February 2006, looking downstream. The Luvuvhu was rather low for the time of year.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:16 am

ndloti wrote:
Goronta wrote:I will post some shots i took when in Lanner


They are eagerly awaited !


Here we are, one shot one from august 2006, my first visit to Lanner

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:02 pm

ndloti wrote:
Goronta wrote:I will post some shots i took when in Lanner


They are eagerly awaited !


Some others.... :cam:


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Buy the way could you tell me the name of this flower :gflower:

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I have more if you're not fed up :redface:
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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:29 pm

Goronta wrote:I have more if you're not fed up
Keem 'm coming.

The flower looks like Aloe excelsa, Zimbabwe Aloe. You also get Aloe angelica, Wylliespoort Aloe, with flowers that start out red and then turn yellow. Aloes tend to confuse me.

Those conspicuous trees in your pics, by the way, are Commiphora marlothii. Paperbark Corkwood. That jumble of rocks at the lookout, exposed to sun, wind and rain, is home to an amazing flora, including species you would never expect there, such as Shepherds Tree. If you look carefully you will even find Euphorbia aeruginosa, a species that's not even listed in Schmidt.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:35 pm

Just checked with someone who knows both Lanner Gorge and Aloes better than I do, and he suggests Aloe lutescens. The only common name I can find is Malapati Aloe (Flora of Zimbabwe).

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:30 am

Thanks Johan for those information :thumbs_up:
Besides this stunning view of the gorge, I agree with you , it's definitely an amazing flora we could not imagine to find on the rocks.
It reminds me Richtersveld park
I will post some other shots asap
Enjoy your day :)
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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:29 pm

2 other shots (from june 2007)

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Such a beautiful and (rather) secret place :thumbs_up:
Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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